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Top Three Horror Games of 2016

Top Three Horror Games of 2016

2016 was an interesting year for games of the horror genre. While the pickings for “best” game were relatively few and far between when compared to first person shooters or role-playing games, the independent scene did a lot of good in keeping horror alive. That being said, this list, which focuses on the top three horror games of 2016, did not escape the “survival horror” sector of the genre. Presented below for your edification is our list of the top three horror titles of last year.

Doom

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While this list covers titles that released in 2016, it is important to remember that this game, which may also be referred to as Doom ’16 or Doom 4 is the fourth installment in the core franchise; it is not a reboot. Through hints in the game’s story and lore, the player soon discovers that he has re-entered the armor of the same Doom Marine as all the other titles. One of the greatest features of this title is the way that it handles music; you quickly learn that demons and other hellish creatures are making a beeline for your character whenever the tempo of the background music picks up. This Doom learned all of its lessons from Doom ’04 and refined the final product into a perfect storm of awesomeness and brutality.

Oxenfree

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This an unconventional game that is saturated with atmosphere. After a group of teenagers decide to reconnect over a campfire on an island, they slowly discover that there is a very serious and very scary other world out there. As the teens work to regroup and find a way off of the island and to fix what’s been broken, a mysterious shadow makes appearances within reflective surfaces throughout the game. This shadowy figure seems to give the lead advice on courses of action. What the shadowy figure is, as well as its plans, is a mind-blowing reveal that players will have to discover for themselves. This game also features an interesting art style reminiscent of the film Coraline and offers multiple playthroughs. You won’t see Oxenfree as one of the best selling games of all-time, but if you are into horror games, this game hits all the right spots.

Inside

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This atmospheric title by Playdead, the same publisher that handled the indy darling Limbo, gives us another dip into atmospheric horror. Where Limbo was a tale about a single boy in a horrific world devoid of color, Inside gives a similar sense of isolation. You play as a boy on a quest to learn what happened to everyone while also avoiding the notice of adults who seem to be in on the conspiracy. Later on, this boy gains the ability to possess others to solve certain puzzles. Playdead’s impressive and minimalist approach to presentation continues with Inside’s color palette and sound design; the only time you hear any noises is when such noise would be important. Much like with Limbo, Inside features a variety of realistic death scenes that can befall the boy. While Inside features two endings, both outcomes can leave a player with a shattered perception of what they accomplished.

Review – THE WITCHER: WILD HUNT

Review – THE WITCHER: WILD HUNT

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can be considered a crowning achievement for studio CD Projekt Red. The game concludes Geralt of Rivia’s epic tale, while it somehow propels the next gen RPG experience into new unrivaled territory. But this doesn’t mean The Witcher 3 is without it’s flaws. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt begins very… Continue Reading

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The Charnel House Trilogy (2015) Game Review

The Charnel House Trilogy (2015) Game Review

A game landed on my desk a few weeks back, The Charnel House Trilogy. Lacking familiarity I looked and saw it was an indie point and click title. My heart dropped a little because I was hoping for some crazy gore filled horror game. I tossed it aside for a while so I could try… Continue Reading

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Over 9000 Zombies! (2015) Game Review

  Twin stick shooters have been done a million ways to Sunday. I remember plugging quarters into Berzerk and the countless Saturday afternoons spent mastering games like Smash TV. I have played so many top down shooters that now it seems like I would rather skip new ones all together. Over 9000 Zombies! landed on… Continue Reading

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Review – Doorways: The Underworld (2014)

This game begins with a really interesting backstory, written by Brian Amadori, where a psychologist describes his method of entering the mind of his unstable and insane patients. This main character is notable for his voice actor, Sam A. Mowry. As I began, I first noticed the graphics of both the surroundings and the animated… Continue Reading

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Horror Gaming: The Best Of The Best

Fans of the horror genre of entertainment tend to focus largely on the film and television industries, where thrilling scares are released year in and year out. However, for those interested in a more interactive experience, we’re also seeing an increasing number of popular horror releases in the gaming industry. Here are a few prominent… Continue Reading

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Review – Call of Duty: Zombies (2013)

The Call of Duty brand is synonymous with classic multiplayer first person shooting gmaeplay. Many gamers much like myself have grown accustumed to that type of multiplayer gameplay, but a new and different game mode has been on the rise. The makers of Call of Duty have been experimenting with the uses of zombies as… Continue Reading

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Dead Space 3 (PS3) 2013

Sometimes the best thing we can do is try and improve what someone else has done. Games are no stranger to this idea as they tend to borrow/mimic each other over and over. I have no issue with this mentality if you bringing something more to the table or putting a fresh spin on some burned out… Continue Reading

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Review – The Walking Dead Episode 1: A New Day

Point and click gaming is one of those game styles that has seemed to run it’s course long before The Walking Dead came knocking. Anyone who has been gaming for a while will remember point and click masterpieces like Myst and Riven, which kept players enthralled in a rich visual world requiring a click here… Continue Reading

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